To celebrate the release of Lizzo’s long-awaited fourth album, ‘Special’ (out today), we revisit some of her more memorable moments over the years, including some from her last trip to Australia in 2020.
It feels like forever since Lizzo graced us with a new album. 2019 was when the world was gifted Cuz I Love You, a collection of songs that The Music said defined music in 2019, and after having the singer’s third album on repeat ever since its release, we’ve been itching for its follow-up.
It was Cuz I Love You that brought Lizzo to Australia in 2020 for FOMO Festival and headline dates (thankfully before the pandemic!) and her shows were everything. Every time she takes to the stage, she offers up inspiration to a soundtrack that doesn’t let up. We called her Sydney Opera House show at the time “a divine experience”. According to the Sydney Opera House, when tickets for Lizzo’s only Sydney show went on sale there were 12,000 hopeful people in the queue - the Opera House can seat 2,100. Those lucky enough to score tickets won’t be forgetting that show anytime soon.
During that same visit, she stopped by The Project, for a hilarious chat that reminded us all that her interviews are always on point. Whether she’s on the stage, in the studio, giving an interview or meeting fans, Lizzo never disappoints.
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When Lizzo ventured to Australia in 2020, we were still in the midst of dealing with the devasting bushfires. Lizzo isn’t all talk, and she proved that once again by stopping by Foodbank Victoria to show support to those providing relief to bushfire-affected communities in the state. The Detroit-born songwriter, who also urged FOMO punters to donate funds, helped pack hampers and spoke with some of the 400 volunteers.
Fast-forward a few months and Lizzo is taking part in global COVID crisis concert One World: Together At Home, joining Taylor Swift, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Australia’s own Delta Goodrem and stacks more, all of whom came together (while in self-isolation) to perform and "celebrate and support healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”. A highlight of the live-stream, which was broadcast on Aussie TV, was Lizzo’s intimate, uplifting and soulful performance of A Change Is Gonna Come. Exactly what we needed.
Thankfully, despite a three-year gap between albums and no Aussie dates, we’ve had plenty of Lizzo content in recent years, thanks to her outstanding socials. In the same way that she utilises the stage to balance fun and bright performances with powerful messaging, her TikTok and Instagram do the same.
In 2020, she shared one of the year’s best videos:
if you’re not a fat shamer... keep scrolling... ok now that all the fat shamers are here 🧚🏾♀️✨♬ Buttercup - Jack Stauber
Fast-forward to 2021, and she’s taking part in a TikTok trend that Aussie outfit Vacations got caught up in. Young, off the Newcastle group's 2016 debut EP Vibes, was at the centre of TikTok's 'Knock' trend which saw users tap their camera along to the start of the track before stepping back to reveal something.
Nitrous draft I found omggggg I got a root canal yall 🤪♬ Vacations - Young (Knock Knock Edit) - baka
Her hilarious addition to the trend is just one of many instances that showcases her absolutely incredible sense of humour.
A couple of key moments we would like to highlight, both involving the flute. The flute! How could we not have mentioned the flute yet – saving the best to last?
First of all, her now legendary recreation of Anchorman’s jazz flute scene, which she shared in response to Will Ferrell, as Ron Burgundy, accepting her #FluteAndShoot.
And what might be one of the best videos on the internet, thanks to a collaboration with Eric Andre, Bird Up, Lizzo Style!
Most of all, though, Lizzo is really just about living your best life, and we could think of no better moment that sums that up than when she wore her extravagant Met Gala pink coat to the airport after the event.
'Special' is out now via Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records